What terrible times we are living in. We woke up this morning to the news that two policemen were shot dead and two others are battling for life in hospital, after an encounter with gunmen on the outskirts of Spanish Town.
Human rights group Jamaicans for Justice has just issued a statement on the matter. Also, the Jamaica Constabulary Force has put out an appeal for blood for the two injured policemen.
STATEMENT ON THE KILLING OF TWO POLICEMEN BY CRIMINALS IN ST. CATHERINE
June 12, 2020 – Jamaicans for Justice sends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the two police officers lost in the wake of an operation carried out earlier this morning in Horizon Park, St. Catherine.
We recognize the extreme risk that members of the security forces undertake in their efforts to protect and serve our country and condemn the actions of the criminals who have prematurely terminated the lives of these officers.
We consider these losses a travesty to law and order and encourage those with information regarding this incident to contact the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) or the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
Psycho-social support to police officers continues to be an important issue, and this case highlights the need to ensure that sufficient therapeutic services are available on a routine basis.
To the officers currently in critical condition, we send strength to them and their relatives and are hopeful for their recovery.